It has been a repeating course of events when it comes to the Bruins this season. That is when the Bruins play the Islanders this season, they never seem to win. Tonight was the start of a back-to-back matchup against the Islanders at TD Garden for the Bruins. This would be the second game for all three new Bruins acquired at the deadline. Those players are Taylor Hall, Mike Reilly, and Curtis Lazar. None of them got a point from their first game against Buffalo on Tuesday.
Tonight, the boys in Black and Gold were buzzing all night long. This was the second game in a row against the Islanders the Bruins got off to a 2-0 lead in the first period. Brad Marchand (20) and Craig Smith (10) got the goals in the first period for Boston. The Islanders came out strong in the second period. Travis Zajac, who was just acquired from the Devils, got the Islanders on the board at the start of the second period. It seems like the Islanders would get momentum from that, but Taylor Hall ended that hope big time. Taylor Hall is the winger the Bruins need to keep making this push to the playoffs.
Hall of a first with the @NHLBruins, Taylor! 👀
— NHL (@NHL) April 16, 2021
New Guys Stepping Up For Boston
The Bruins may have had the best trade deadline around the NHL this year. Taylor Hall, Mike Reilly, and Curtis Lazar are all fantastic hockey players. They are all different in terms of what they can bring to the table. Hall is a speedy skilled winger who can snipe the puck and be a top-six forward, but that isn’t all. Mike Reilly can move the puck into transitional offense, but he can also get the puck through with his shots. Curtis Lazar is the definition of a bottom-six perfect player. He has some skill to score some goals, but his strong suit is his forechecking.
Taylor Hall shined the most in this win out of the three players. He scores his first goal as a Boston Bruin to give the Bruins a much-needed 3-1 lead in the third period. If Hall can keep up the goal-scoring touch he displayed, he will fit in perfectly with this Bruins club,
Slow Start Haunts Islanders
The Islanders are known for their hot starts in hockey games, but tonight they were caught sleeping. The new players in Kyle Palmieri and Travis Zajac have been average to start, but nothing spectacular to go off of. If the Islanders want to keep making a strong push towards the playoffs, they need to tighten up their overall game. Barry Trotz knows how to get his players in check. This team will be fine.
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